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Regina Askia-Williams’ Candid Experience As A Frontline Health Worker During the Coronavirus Pandemic



In Genevieve Magazine’s Digital Issue, the focus is on celebrating healthcare heroes around the world.

Genevieve Magazine turns the spotlight on Regina Askia-Williams, who, as a Registered Nurse Practitioner in New York, is one of the medical professionals at the epicenter of the COVID-19 virus.

In the exclusive interview, Regina Askia-Williams speaks about her experiences on the frontlines, how she has coped with the surge in patient deaths, how she and her family have adjusted to the new normal, and the mental health challenges that have come with it.

When asked about her experience, she said:

We are often in an enclosed space with [sick] patients, who are coughing, [with] oxygen levels dropping. You turn them on their stomachs, you put them on 100 percent non-rebreather. When that doesn’t work you call for high flow; when that doesn’t work you consult for ICU. With those who sign a DNI/DNR, you start a morphine drip and organise a Zoom-meet with the family, so they can say their goodbyes. The Covid patient dies the loneliest death. No family, no loved ones by their side. You hold your patient’s hands and comfort them as they pass. Then you go to the bathroom and cry. The nurses are going to need therapy sessions to deal with their PTSD after this.

Click here to read the story. 

We also get to meet Regina Askia-Williams’ children – Teesa, Stephanie and Rudolph Junior.

A couple of days ago BellaNaija had an exclusive chat with Regina Askia-Williams about her experience on the frontline and how other people around the world can help Doctors and Nurses be in a better mental head space. Watch that below or click here.

Illustration: O.A Mariam (@o.a.mariam / @mariam.lele_)
Story by: @sonia_irabor
Family photos/ selfies courtesy of @ReginaAskia


  1. BellaNaija fan

    May 7, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    Beautiful woman with a beautiful family. Beauty and brains with a purpose. A true queen who supports her community. She has come a long way and has overcome a lot to be where she is. A true role model for women out there. Welldone Regina!

  2. Fleur

    May 7, 2020 at 5:19 pm

    Regina, I am proud of you. You should not touch the front facing part of your mask. Remove your mask starting with the ear latches and pull across. THe front of the mask has all the covid viral particles you did not breathe in. You just contaminated your hands with covid. Please wash your hands thoroughly. May God protect you and your familia.

  3. SuaveUc

    May 10, 2020 at 6:22 am

    A True Queen…Beauty & Brain. Very enlightening. My prayers and Goodwill thoughts are always with y’ll frontline health workers…but i still missed REGINA ASKIA in Nollywood…maybe she would consider a COME-BACK after retiring from active work…Love and Lights to you and your family, always!!!

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